Nursing Jobs in Atlanta for New RN Graduates

U.S.A. Georgia


I have a question for everyone out there. I have just applied to nursing school and if accepted, I will begin in Spring '10. However, I'm starting to hear awful stories about how recent graduates cannot find jobs right now. I thought nursing was a recession proof job and was shocked to hear about this. Can anyone in the field tell me what the situation is like out there right now. Am I going to have trouble finding a job when I graduate in 2011?


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Specializes in Neuro ICU, Gyn/Uro Surgical.

Not to scare you but it sucks. The problem seems to be only for new grads. Nurses with experience who left to have families are coming back in this economy because husbands/wives are being laid off. It is much cheaper for hospitals to re-orient these out of work nurses than to train a new grad. So...with experience, no problem. There has been improvement over the last couple of months and I hear it is going to get even better by September. I was lucky to have a job in place before graduation but I know of several students in my class who are still looking. The majority, actually. Would I tell you to forget nursing and find something else? No. I went into nursing because I wanted to be a nurse, not for job security. If you feel the same way, you'll be fine. It just takes a little patience and perseverance. Good luck with school! It's hard but I loved every minute of it!

Ok, that makes complete sense. I was wondering how so many people could say there was such a shortage of nurses but also be hearing of new graduates who couldn't find jobs. Hopefully it will get better soon...hopefully everything will get better soon. I've been trying to sell my condo for over a year! :)

Specializes in med-surg, mother-baby.


What are hiring conditions like now? I'm particularly interested in how hiring is in Atlanta for people in the 3-4 year experience range. I'd also like input specifically about Scottish Rite, Piedmont, Northside, and Emory if possible. Thanks in advance!

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